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“Go here for lunch”
Review of Crave Fishbar

Crave Fishbar
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Ranked #599 of 13,684 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 50th St
Transit: Lexington Ave and 53st. E,6 Train M15 Bus
Description: Crave Fishbar is a vibrant, convivial restaurant in Midtown Manhattan serving an inspired seafood menu from chef Todd Mitgang. An eclectic mix of reclaimed materials and custom made chairs and tables lend a beachy, rustic feel to the space, which houses a 25-foot-long bar where guests can order from the full dinner menu along with cocktails and wine from a mounted bottle display. Approachable, sophisticated dishes feature local seafood, crudos, and meat dishes that are thoughtfully prepared with both familiar and exotic ingredients.At the 2nd floor bar you will find a full raw bar shucking up a large variety of East and West Coast oysters. Outdoor seating on both floors. Crave Fishbar has taken its place as a neighborhood fixture, providing locals and newcomers alike with a elegant, inviting experience.
Bristol, Virginia
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Go here for lunch”
Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

...and be sure to have whatever soup they have that day. It was heavenly! Food is fresh, well prepared and presented, great service, rather pricey but what do you expect in Manhattan? We will definitely be back.

Visited November 2013
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Sunnyside, New York
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307 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“The Crave lives on...”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

My husband and I came here for the first time with another couple. I must say we'll come back here again. Aside from the ambiance, we enjoyed the food here. The welcome was very warm from the owner and staff members. The place was crowded but didn't interfere with our conversations. Our waitress of the night was a good listener lady. Happy hour here means you could be happy for hours. Try the oysters for $1 each. We ordered 2 dozens to start [I also got some shells to take home woohoo! *:) perfect for seashells collector like me], then we continued with appetizers. Then I ordered salmon for entree. Everything's perfect! Highly recommended. My craving lives on...

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank NoraFrydman
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal, service and price”
Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

My wife and i were in town from boston and followed a relatives recommendation. The fish was incredibly fresh, tasty and uniquely prepared. Really reasonable prices for a nice nyc restaurant. Quick service. Every table full and needed a reservation. Strong recommendation.

Visited October 2013
Thank kwexel
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Springfield, MO
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“This place left us craving it again!”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Crave Fishbar is not at all what the name might imply. When I heard it, I thought sushi. Quite to contrary, Crave Fishbar is a restaurant which features fish and seafood, but which has a more diverse menu than I'd expected. Just because you aren't in the mood for fish doesn't mean you should pass this place up. We visited twice because, even though there are a myriad of restaurants in New York, our first experience was so tasty we had to return to try more! The appetizers and salads are delicious (between the four of us we tried quite a bit) and the portions are generous. I would recommend the grilled octopus, the prawns, the heirloom tomato salad and/or the cauliflower soup from the "Firsts" section of the menu. As a "Second," the merluza, halibut, scallops, lobster curry, and strip steak were all delicious. While the appearance of this restaurant may be unassuming, don't underestimate the thoughtfulness of the preparation and the pairing of items in each course. There is nothing random slopped on a plate here. Everything is planned and prepared to enhance the overall experience and bring the whole dish together into one fabulous dining experience.

For alcohol lovers, this place has a decent wine list, and the cocktails are very good. Our cocktails came in triple old-fashioned glasses, so no skimpy, wimpy drinks here!! We ordered some more complicated cocktails and every one of them was done perfectly.

There is seating at the back of the first floor, which may be the quietest in the house. They have a fairly large upstairs dining room and a bit of outdoor seating on both levels which looks at 2nd Avenue. If you're looking a quiet dinner, this may not be your place because the restaurant is pretty energetic and the front opens to the street in warmer weather.

All in all, Crave Fishbar is an excellent choice for festive cocktails and a delightful dining experience.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Randall D
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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A great find with the freshest seafood...”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

I found this restaurant on OpenTable and it was fantastic. The seafood was possibly the freshest tasting seafood we have had in years. The service was spectacular, even though our reservation was for 6 people at 10:15, the entire party wasn't there till 10:30. The waiter informed us the kitchen starting shutting down at 11:00 but he was not rude about it at all and at no point in time did we ever feel rushed. We ended up leaving about 12:15 and there will still others dining. Great ambiance and an excellent selection of drinks, seafood, desserts and after-dinner drinks.

Visited September 2013
Thank DocRobert2000
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